I'm sorry, but as someone who grew up on a farm, "using" animals to put food on the table, it never involved beating them with a stick or any other object. Training them was never abusive and never has to be. Animal cruelty is animal cruelty whether it is by a rich person or a poor person. No excuse.
I'm a bit taken back by the argument that the mans life must also be difficult and the animals are at his service to make his living possible. The same argument is made for abusing animals in testing products intended for humans. It is possible to do so without abuse and it is possible for the man to demonstrate his monkeys ability to ride bicycles without abusing them.
Hurray for the monkeys!
To me (anyway) how animals are treated on a farm in an affluent country with (pretty near universal education) is an entirely different matter to what animals (& humans, for that matter) experience when living in circumstances of grinding poverty. I am not excusing
the monkey keeper, I'm saying that I understand the circumstances in which the animal cruelty occurs
. I guess I'm saying that I have sympathy for both
animals & humans in such hard circumstances. I see both as victims of poverty.
On the other hand, I have zero tolerance of animal abuse in affluent societies where humans have a clear choice
in the treatment of helpless animals. Battery chicken farms, or say, the live export of Australian sheep to the Middle East (over months, by ship) should be banned, no question, in my opinion. There is absolutely no excuse for such cruel, abhorrent practises & they should not be tolerated in an affluent society.